Just what the 2016 election needs: more George W. Bush?
That’s the scenario envisioned by Saturday Night Live, which had former cast member Will Ferrell return to the Studio 8H stage on Saturday to reprise his impression of the 43rd president and announce Bush’s (fake) participation in the race.
“The field of Republicans out there is so messed up it makes you miss me, doesn’t it?” Ferrell as Bush said, before roasting the group of current contenders.
Of Ben Carson: “He’s some kind of brain surgeon. I got news for you: running the country is not brain surgery.”
Of Carly Fiorina: “She’s not qualified in any way to be president, in many ways she reminds me of me.”
Of Marcio Rubio and Ted Cruz: “These two guys, the sons of immigrants, hate immigrants.”
Of Donald Trump: “This knucklehead.”
Of Jeb Bush: “You gotta admit it’s a pretty good plot twist that I turned out to be the smart one.”
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Ferrell’s Bush concluded his announcement by comparing being president to “driving a school bus.”
“You don’t want a crazy person driving that bus. You want a simple, underachieving, not very educated but reliable guy behind that wheel. Someone with a steady hand who will be on time and get into one or two but no more than four accidents a year,” he said. “You already know that someone, and that someone is me.”
Watch the full cold open below.